GuanYin riding a dragon hand carved from a single piece of green hibiscus wood. One of our very delicate and rare collection.
There are many metaphors and intrinsic meanings in this Avalokiteshvara Riding Dragon image. One of the many aspects, that the dragon is symbolic of Rage/Anger/Jealousy (嗔), riding the dragon is symbolizing conquered of Anger. Greed (貪), anger (嗔) and delusion (癡) are the “Three Afflictions of the mind”. Avalokiteshvara is respected as the Great Compassionate Bodhisattva (大悲菩薩). Compassion (大悲) termed 同體大悲, means "all differences but are one". The Chinese Character of 悲 graphically depicted the meaning, the upper is 非, means "not", "difference", the left and right are the reflection as if looking into a mirror, means all appeared different but in fact are reflections of the other. The lower is 心 ( a heart). A great heart will uphold all differences together, that's the meaning of compassion 悲. Now, rage, anger and jealousy are the greatest enemy to compassion. The extreme of rage and anger is hatred then escalated to war, then killing... By subduing the Dragon of Rage, great compassion is achieved.
Dragon is also symbol for energy, rage is a kind of energy but in bad use, if one could conquer it, one is able to turn the energy to great use. For example, the reflection of rage is compassion, like the opposite of love is hate. .
Many may not know that our own Steve Hampson is a world class plantsman. Steve makes several international plant trips each year and just returned from two weeks of botanizing in the Tibetan grasslands and foothills, at elevations of up to 14,000 feet. He was guided by his friend Wenqing, who is an authority on Tibetan alpine plants.⠀